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Silene stellata (Starry Campion)

Silene stellata (Starry Campion)
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Silene stellata (Starry Campion or Widow’s Frill) belongs to a large genus that is related to carnations. Its species all have five-petaled flowers that are enclosed at their base by a bell-shaped light green calyx with five teeth along its upper rim. Starry Campion should not be confused with the similar-looking naturalized weed, Bladder Campion (Silene vulgaris) which features the most inflated calyx pouch.

Each of Silene stellata’s frilled white petals has 8-12 intricate narrow lobes but no scent. Pollination is mainly by moths. This hardy, drought-tolerant plant reseeds itself, with older plants sometimes sprouting multiple stems from the deep taproot. The leaves on both ends of the often-unbranched round central stem are usually opposite, with the middle leaves in whorls of four.

Dormant bare root plants ship each year during optimal transplanting season: Fall (October) or Spring (April/May).


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Catalog Number SIL06F
Seeds / Packet 100
Seeds / Ounce 30,000
Germination Code C(60)
Plant Spacing 1-2'
Sun Exposure Full Sun  Part Shade 
Soil Moisture Wet-Mesic  Mesic (Medium)  Dry-Mesic 
Height 3 feet 
Bloom Color White 
Bloom Time July  Aug  Sept  Oct 
Plant Type Wildflowers (Forbs) 
Availability Seeds  Roots 
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3 - 11 $5.00
 
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Silene stellata (Starry Campion)
*This map shows the native and adventive range of this species. **Given appropriate habitat and climate, native plants can be grown outside their range.
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